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BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:56

Definitely Chris Beardshaw. I really enjoy him on the Scottish Gardening program The Beechgrove Garden..

It is soooooooooo much better than Gardeners Question Time. They have a wonderful veg garden.

Def not Alys - she made a greenhouse out of reclaimed windows that cost more than a decent bought greenhouse. And much as I love foraging , but not on Gardeners World!

If they would like a real allotment to work on they can come and start mine from scratch again and come up against real allotment problems -no water, no free compost, deer, rabbits, rats & pheasants eating the seedlings and crops!

lemon grass

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 17:04



 I grew some lemongrass from a stem from the supermarket!  put it in a glass with a little water and it grew roots like a bulb. Then potted it on. Still going fine, dies back a bit in winter ( its in unheated conservatory) but picks up again. Or I know I can just start again with a new stem.

Good luck!

Chomped onion tops!

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 12:06

Have had this problem for a couple of years now, resulting in fencing round the main veg plot.

It is either deer - we have a growing number in N Oxfordshire. or Rabbits - we have some very savoury ones here as they like onions,garlic and shallots. Have not managed to get oe in the pot yet though!

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 13:02

I have recently discovered Beechgrove, very interesting and informative program. Dare I say it easier to watch then GW!

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 10:12

Back to the original discussion .....

After experiences with multi purpose compost containing uncomposted garden cane, bulbs, chipboard etc , I vowed to only use John Innes loam based seed compost. Over past few years, despite it being seed compost, I have found that I have to sieve it , producing large percentage of large lumps - twigs, coir etc etc. For past few years I have regularly written to the long established company that makes this. I send a sample, they send a voucher with a letter saying , there was a problem with the sieving process in that batch. This year I just couldn't be bothered. I didn't raise seedlings, I bought from my local independent nursery. He uses some compost that is only available o the trade - no problems. It is great to recycle and be green I have been doing it for years but I feel us public are sold a lot of trash under the pretence of recycling / organic / green! I did used to compost my own kitchen waste but it encouraged rats, in a small garden it was not very acceptable.

Neighbouring allotments have had the problem of manure contaminated with weedkiller The seeds of New Zealand "spinach", a popular cattle feed pass through the cow undigested. My allotment is covered with this weed!

Bargain of the year

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:16

Get to know when your local Tesco & B&Q have their deliveries, they bring in new stock and the old has to go. In the past years I have filled my trolley with 6 trays of 30 bedding plants reduced to 30p per tray! and 6 hanging baskets fully planted up for £1.50 each, I am reusing the baskets this year.

I don't usually share this information, as like the food waste reductions people start to queue up waiting for the price to go down. I just know tuesday evening after work is a good time. Also the wednesday and thursday before Easter.  happy hunting

How to clear field

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:09

Hi, they say spuds are a good way to clear a patch, it always makes me laugh. They clear the patch because of all the digging involved with growing potatoes!

We find that spreading an even layer of manure on top of the ground ,and only rotavting / digging it in in the spring helps . It looks good and the manure breaks down a bit more and is easier to work in, the resulting soil is like walking on springs!

My allotment is totaly overgrown this year with weed that has spread from next door allotment. I cut it back with strimmer in July, but it has taken over again and is going to seed. I don't think Glysophate works on weed seed? For past 10 years I have been chemical free, is there another way to control these weeds? Also we have had to fence areas of allotment as the rabbits and deer are eating everything. This year has been very demoralising.

how to freez onions

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 12:38

I hang my onions in a traditional string in the garage, its dry , dark & frost free. Have a look on tinternet to find out how to make one.  I always lay my onions out to dry first - wait till the leaves are dry and brown, remove most of the roots , but leave a stump to keep onion intact. I also remove some, but not all outer skin , so there is no mud to attract damp/ mould. I found that mice like to eat onions too! A good way to keep them out of harms way is to store them in empty wire hanging baskets, I hang them from a ladder in my garage roof. I used to have an onion for everyday of the year, but recently the weather etc has meant that I run out by March and have to buy them.

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